Prince William Gives Kate Middleton Princess Diana's Engagement Ring

11/16/2010 at 12:48 PM ET

William Gives Kate Diana's RingSuzanne Plunkett/Reuters/Landov; A.G. Carrick/Camera Press/Getty

Prince William has honored his late mother by giving his new fiancée Kate Middleton the engagement ring that Prince Charles once gave to Princess Diana. “It’s very special to me. As Kate’s very special to me now, it was right to put the two together,” William said as the newly-engaged couple faced the cameras for the first time today. The ring is an oval sapphire surrounded by diamonds. William proposed to Kate on a safari in Kenya in October, but he first asked her father for permission to propose. Michael Middleton said that he and his wife are “absolutely delighted” and “thrilled” by the engagement announcement.The wedding, which will take place in the spring or summer of 2011, is already being heralded as the biggest wedding since Charles and Diana’s. –Nadine Shabeeb

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Kirk McFarlin on

MAY YOUR MOTHER’S LOVE COVER YOU BOTH FOR EVER.
FROM ALL PARTS OF THE WORLD COME WARM GREETINGS AND BEST WISHES AND VERY HIGH HOPES FOR YOUR FUTURE

Tammy on

I wonder if you people who made negative comments ever have anything positive to say. How sad you are!

I think it’s a beautiful idea. He loved his mother and he loves his bride-to-be. Two beautiful women who will now always have a common bond although they never met.

Samantha on

I couldn’t be happier for them. I know that his mother would be so proud of the man that he has become and the woman that he is going to marry. May they both have a wonderful and happy marriage.

Anne on

My first thought when I heard about the engagement was “Here we go again” because no matter how long they’ve been together or how normal they are they’ll be eviscerated by the press. Now Diana’s ring? How much unfortunate history do they need to pile on? Start fresh where you can and buy her a new one.

Shanty on

I think that everyone that has bashed Prince William for giving Kate his mothers ring isn’t getting the point. I think the reason he gave her his mothers ring is because his mother meant so much to him and it is a way for her to be remembered and memorialized. Yes Diana and Charles failed at their marriage but that ring obviously means so much more to Prince William than that. I think it was a wonderful, heartfelt way to not only honor his mother but propose to the woman he loves.

suzey on

When a man gives a woman a ring, it immediately becomes HER property, and ONLY her property, because it is considered a gift and gifts do not have to be returned, no matter how much the cold-footed groom wishes to get it back.
William must have considerable trust and boundless love for Kate to give her a ring that, if things didn’t work out, could become another family’s heirloom. Plus, it shows that he loves Kate with as much emotion as he loved his incredible mother.
May their own son someday give this very same ring to a woman as worthy of it as as Diana and Kate.
As for getting a “new” ring just because you don’t want a used one, haven’t some people ever heard of family traditions, final wishes, or even just the simple joy William will feel when he sees his mother’s ring on his very happy wife’s finger?
Just for a moment pause to think of Kate giving birth to their child, England’s future ruler, while wearing the same ring Diana wore when she gave birth to the future king of England.
Isn’t that an amazing thought?
Here’s hoping there’s another special ring set back for Harry to give to his own bride someday.

Nancy W. on

Congrats and Best wishes!!!Such a gentleman That ring is Beautiful,Also they are a Beautiful couple!!!!Only if your mother could be here to see that Day,She is still soo proud of you!!!
God Bless!!!

marky on

Wow, you people are so enamored with Diana you have completely forgotten that everyone knew Charles was deeply in love with Camilla and had asked her to marry him, but she had declined because of her concern about one day being Queen. He never stopped loving her and everyone knew that, but she had married someone else. He asked Diana and he tried to make it work, but she had all the maturity of a terrier. Some of you don’t really remember her; you weren’t adults at the time, but I was. She was very pretty, and she had a good heart, but she wasn’t very intelligent and she really lacked maturity. She was engaging at times, but talk about cheating! She cheated on Charles with multiple men. Some even questioned whether Charles was Harry’s father, so while you are about to name her St. Diana, that’s the reality. William loved his mom, and many did, but she was not some perfect wonderful woman who was treated like dirt. She did, however, have great PR.

Sweetpadme on

Omg, I totally cried. How romantic and what a beautiful ring.

Rachel on

I’m not sure I would want a recycled ring, especially one from a marriage that was such a huge failure.

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